The World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has asked countries that can afford to start donating doses to cover the void.
The COVAX facility urgently needs 20 million doses during the
second quarter of 2021 to cover interruptions in supply. This is triggered by
increased demands for vaccines in India where the facility’s main supplier of
the AstraZeneca product is based.
In many countries that received their first doses during the first supply in
early March, the populations should be receiving their second jabs that are
The World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom
Ghebreyesus has asked countries that can afford to start donating doses to
cover the void.
On Monday, Sweden announced that they would share 1 million doses of the
AstraZeneca vaccine with the COVAX Facility to provide life-saving vaccines to
people at risk from COVID-19 in low-income countries.
“Sweden’s announcement that it will share 1 million doses of
COVID-19 vaccines with COVAX is a superb gesture that must be replicated
urgently, and repeatedly, by governments around the world to accelerate the
equitable rollout of vaccines globally,” said Tedros.
He added that such support will ensure that people in vulnerable countries,
especially, in Africa, will be able to receive their second doses through the
Now, the organization is urging countries to make contributions, like Sweden’s,
to donate doses from their stocks to boost vaccine supplies to COVAX to deepen
vaccination coverage in low-income countries and to ensure populations in such
places receive needed second doses.
Several other countries have made similar commitments recently, including New
Zealand and France.